Pendleton Wool Blanket Coat

This was originally posted over at Suture for a Living on November 14, 2009.


In the early 1990s I was still sewing more clothes than quilts.  I entered a few wool garment sewing contests.  For one I decided I would make myself a coat using a wool blanket.  I found one designed by someone who shares my first name —  Pendleton Dewey Chihuahua Trail Blanket by Ramona Sakiestewa.  I used a McCall pattern with a large shawl collar.

The coat didn’t win.  It was too big for me,   so  a year or two later I decided to cut it down and restyle it.  Good intentions which never got finished.  As you can see from the photo below I  nearly finished it, but it has hung in my sewing room and the pockets have been used to hold things.

The Clinton Presidential Center is holding a “5Days of Giving” beginning today.  When I heard about it earlier this week, I decided it was time to finish the coat and donate it.  Here I am wearing the finished coat.

I still have the box the blanket came in.  I wish I still had the blanket, whole and intact. 

And I even found the tag which came with the blanket.

Even though I regret cutting up the lovely blanket designed by Ramona, I am happy to say it is now going to keep someone warm.


About rlbates

plastic surgeon who quilts, loves family, dog person, walks/jogs, a work-in-progress
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